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2012 Au Bon Climat Pinot Gris/Pinot Blanc Santa Barbara County

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About Au Bon Climat

Since it was founded in 1982, Au Bon Climat has been a well respected producer of Burgundian-styled California wines. Jim Clendenen's Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are mineral, focused and restrained in the early going, and sometimes quite oaky.

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2012 Au Bon Climat Pinot Gris/Pinot Blanc Santa Barbara County

Producer: Au Bon Climat
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: other white varietal
Origin: California
Region: Central Coast
Appellation: Santa Barbara

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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013

(a 75/35 blend):  Pale yellow.  Pungent pear skin and melon scents are lifted by notes of ginger and white pepper.  Juicy and precise, offering dusty orchard and citrus fruit flavors and a touch of bitter quinine.  Fleshier on the clinging finish, featuring smooth elements of honeydew and poached pear plus a touch of lemon curd.

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